My Life After Blogging

I told my new blogging buddy Lynn from Through Ink and Image that I would write posts periodically to let you know what trouble I’ve gotten into now that I am not blogging regularly.         😉

So here is the first installment.

How I Start My Day

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This is my main devotional for the year.  I will sometimes supplement it with another shorter one such as Ann Voskamp’s The Way of Abundance, A 60-Day Journey into a Deeply Meaningful Life

I read The Songs of Jesus: A Year of Daily Devotions in the Psalms as my main devotional last year so God’s Wisdom for Navigating Life: A Year of Daily Devotions in Proverbs seemed like the natural next step.

Natures Decorations

After a long cold Northeast Ohio winter, that ended in late April, the tulips behind my house finally bloomed.

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Then the lilac bush burst into bloom. Ah….

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This week the peonies I got from Mom’s house bloomed.

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There are more of them since I took these pictures and my house smells wonderful. I need to cut some more because eventually there will be a storm come through that will rip these beautiful flowers to shreds. It happens every year.

My Main Form of Exercise

This time of year mowing is how I get my exercise. I also do walk the different parks but mowing the gully and slope is my main workout.

This is the verse I keep shouting to myself as I mow.

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My Favorite Park

I took a short contemplative walk at Alderfer-Oenslager Wildlife Sanctuary a few weeks ago. It is my favorite park to visit. I sat and contemplated my life and asked God what I do to turn my career around, to finally have a job that pays the bills. But alas, no answers…as usual.

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The environmental center is part of the sanctuary. It is where my “buddies” and I rested after our walk.

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My “buddies.”

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Kelly Balarie Book Launch Team Member

The last thing I have going on is being a member of the Battle Ready launch team. I was on Kelly’s Fear Fighting launch team also. I was not going to do this but I got a couple messages from Kelly on Facebook and figured God was trying to tell me something.

Her book is wonderful. You can pre-order it here.

Here are a few quotes that really spoke to me and caused me to stop and think.

 

“Humility lets someone love you.”

 

“We’ve named fear humility and turned away from God’s best. No longer. Our aim is not to be understood by other people but to be in service to Jesus Christ, no matter the cost.” 

 

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“Do we fault our kid for getting an A? Do we mock one who has stepped out into foreign lands to save millions? Why do we stomp on our God-given dreams?”

 

That Is All Folks

The rest of my life is doing the everyday boldness of showing up for my virtual logistics job and helping lost drivers and people who have not received packages yet. There is also house cleaning and Bible Study. It is not a very glamorous life.

I am not sure when I will do my next update.

Until then:

24 ‘May the Lord bless you
    and protect you.
25 May the Lord smile on you
    and be gracious to you.
26 May the Lord show you his favor
    and give you his peace.’

Numbers 6:24-26

(NLT)

Have a safe and fun summer,

labellesignatureBio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She shares her widowhood adventures hoping to encourage widows to move through grief and rebuild their lives. A graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications, she’s used those skills while managing call center teams, facilitating a grief support group and helping small businesses with various writing and administrative assignments. Michele is a bookworm, lover of chocolate, red roses and golden retrievers and is an amateur photographer. You can see her photographs at OgleOhio.com.

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2 comments

  • Michele, I’ve been somewhat absent from blogging this past week. I’ve been moving my art studio, and so I am very late in seeing this wonderful post of yours! Please forgive me!! I absolutely love all your gorgeous photography! And wow! You are an extremely busy lady! No wonder you aren’t blogging. Your days are very full. I love that you have time to spend in God’s word and to enjoy His creation. And what a privilege to be a part of a book launch team! It’s so great to hear from you! I’ve missed your posts! Thank you; thank you for following through and keeping us updated! I’m so glad you are doing so well, and wish I could join you for some of your adventures! Peonies are one of my favorite flowers, by the way! ❤ and miss you! Hugs!! ~Lynn

    • Lynn, I do not envy you moving all your painting supplies. That has to be rough. All the things I am doing now, I was pretty much doing before I quit blogging. I am glad you enjoyed this update and hopefully you will enjoy the post I just published this morning. I just felt called to publish another one today. I enjoyed having some peonies in my house but the rest on the bushes have since died. Well off to see if I can mow my meadow. Love and hugs to you my friend. – Michele.